Frank Stoltze

Public Safety Correspondent

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Southern California has a long and troubled history when it comes to policing. I explore a continuing disconnect between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve, look at when reforms have worked and where and why tensions remain. I'm always examining whether justice is being served.

Stories by Frank Stoltze

Steve Soboroff: find creative ways to fund LA's parks

Parks Save co-founder Steve Soboroff says LA's 400-plus parks have taken the brunt of budget cuts over the past few years, and it's time to start finding new ways to fund them.

Owner of nine pot shops pleads guilty to federal drug trafficking charges

John Melvin Walker was considered one of the biggest operators of storefront medical marijuana operations in Southern California.

LA city attorney race: Bitter accusations fly in Trutanich vs. Feuer

It's a slugfest in the race for Los Angeles city attorney, where incumbent Carmen Trutanich is fighting for his political life.

Blue-ribbon panel to examine LA city finances is introduced

Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Mickey Kantor and banker Austin Beutner head the group that plans to issue recommendations after the May 21st mayoral runoff.

Prop 8 protestor in DC: a gay, undocumented Mexican

28-year old Jorge Gutierrez says, "I got an email once that said, 'Go back to Mexico because you’re gay and a wetback.' It's not the first time I've gotten something like that. It just tells me I’m dong the work I'm supposed to do.

Who's the ‘labor candidate’ in the race for LA mayor?

Until now, it appeared labor unions preferred LA City Controller Wendy Greuel over City Councilman Eric Garcetti in the race for mayor. That has now changed.

President Clinton endorses Greuel for LA mayor

Its a big "get" for Wendy Greuel, but not unexpected. She worked in his administration, and was an early backer of Hillary for president. But will he campaign for her in LA or appear in ads?

LA mayor’s race: In battle for African-American voters, Garcetti wins latest round

It was widely thought L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel, who once worked for former Mayor Tom Bradley, had an edge among black voters. Maybe not.

Mickey Kantor tapped to examine LA city deficit

LA City Council President Herb Wesson wants the former Commerce Secretary to head a commission that would help clean up the red ink.

Who gets credit for crime drop during Villaraigosa tenure? (photos)

Crime has reached historic lows in Los Angeles during the mayor's two terms in office. What exactly did he do to help?

Democratic Party sits out LA's mayor election

The mayor’s race is officially non-partisan, but the party traditionally endorses a candidate. Party leaders say the membership was split between two longtime Democrats.

LA mayors race: could Greuel’s union support backfire in contest with Garcetti?

Mayoral hopeful Wendy Greuel has what any candidate should love: labor unions willing to spend big on her behalf. But that support is a double-edged sword.

LA County Sheriff's second-in-command retires amid federal probe

Paul Tanaka, second-in-command at the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department who’s been strongly criticized for his handling of County jails, has announced he’ll be retiring.

UPDATE: LA voters reject Measure A sales tax hike

The mayor and police chief touted Measure A as a way to avoid layoffs that would affect public safety. The public rejected the measure.

Crowded field competes in LA’s 13th council district

Stretching from Hollywood to Echo Park, the district is booming. A flood of candidates are on the ballot to represent the diverse area.